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The earliest American chicken and waffle combination appears in Pennsylvania Dutch country during the 1600’s, when home cooks made waffles and topped them with pulled chicken and gravy. A different, decidedly soul food-inspired approach to the pairing worked its way into popular culture much later with the opening of Wells Supper Club in Harlem, New York. The restaurant, known simply as “Wells” to regulars, opened in 1938. Wells became a late night hotspot for jazz musicians, who would stop by late at night after their various gigs. The musicians, arriving too late for dinner but too early for breakfast, enjoyed the appetizing compromise of fried chicken and waffles. Before long, Wells was frequented by the likes of Sammy Davis Jr. and Nat King Cole (who held his wedding reception there).
Wells managed to inspire a nationwide trend. In 1976, a Harlem native named Herb Hudson opened a Los Angeles restaurant dedicated exclusively to the pairing: Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles. Hudson’s Motown connections helped to launch the restaurant, making it a popular destination for music industry professionals and performers in the Los Angeles area. Over the years, the restaurant has become an established part of the Hollywood food landscape. Roscoe’s is so well known, in fact, that President Obama took time out of his busy schedule in 2011 to make an unscheduled stop there. In case you’re curious, he ordered the “Country Boy,” Number 9– three wings with choice of waffle, potato salad or French fries. Here’s hoping he chose the waffle.
Gladys Knight, a patron of the original Wells, started her own chain with gospel singer Ron Winan in 1996—Gladys and Ron’s Chicken and Waffles. Other soul food restaurants feature chicken and waffles on the menu, including Lo-Lo’s in Arizona and Lucky J’s in Texas. Thomas Keller’s famed restaurant Ad Hoc in Napa has been known, on occasion, to serve lemony fried chicken with crispy and delicate waffles. And in Harlem, Melba’s Restaurant serves up eggnog waffles with strawberry butter and buttermilk fried chicken. While it may sound strange, Melba’s combination is so tasty that she beat out celebrity chef Bobby Flay in a chicken and waffles “Throwdown” on Food Network.(pbs.org)
Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles – Southern California
Chicken & Waffles of Course!! and the sides of your liking..
There is is a new American staple that has hit the taste waves and it’s not your normal breakfast.
We’ve heard of the Grand Slam Breakfast with pancakes, eggs and your choice of bacon,sausage or ham.
We’ve heard of Waffles and your choice of bacon, sausage or ham.
How about something different added to the waffle?
Time to invite someone else to the table..
That’s fried chicken for breakfast paired up with a glistening golden crisp waffle.
No place pairs them up better than Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles!
Let’s talk about it…
So we just had a family trip in San Diego and we had a blast!
It’s time to drive back to the Bay Area, but before we do we get our taste buds in action for a nice hearty breakfast at Roscoe’s.
This place is great by yourself, with groups, even dating if it is your first time there; bottom-line, a great experience.
Once you get seated and look at the menu, you will be overjoyed to see all kinds of different combo plates of all the great soul food choices plus some awesome sides like mac n cheese, greens, grits and corn bread.
We come here for one thing and one thing only, the chicken and waffle meals. Let’s get to it!
We order a couple of orders for our family group of 10 and let the attack on this golden crunch of flesh begin.
I grab my fried chicken breast and start with dripping a little honey all over it like drizzling caramel over ice cream.
Then I add a little hot sauce to her and now she is all dressed up now and ready for the party.
Next, I massage the butter over these marvelous designs of battered goodness and drizzle this sweet tempting maple syrup all over her body.
Time to dive in!
I take a slice of the waffle and insert it into my drooling mouth…
Soothing passionate eruption all throughout my mouth that pitter-patters my palate.
While still chewing I place my fangs in her plump chicken breast…
Kaploooooow! Instant gratification!
Now the waffle again..her voluptuous breast..the waffle…
Nothing but moans and groans at the table. Sounds like an X-rated movie.
Bite after bite..Moan after moan…
If you plan a visit to Southern California then I suggest you make a stop at Roscoe’s. I promise you that you won’t regret it.
Thanks for joining me on today’s adventure! I look forward to seeing you on the next run. Keep hope alive!
Eating is an enjoyable way of life. Live it..Learn it..Love it!
Trevis Dampier Sr.
Tori Avey (January 18, 2013)
Discover the History of Chicken and Waffles Retrieved from http://www.pbs.org/food/the-history-kitchen/history-chicken-and-waffles/2/